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The End Hunger Report from Foodbank

Posted on 22. Aug, 2012 by .

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Filling in the picture on hunger in Australia

Beyond the alarming topline figures, very little is known about the depth and breadth of food insecurity in Australia. With its first report on hunger in Australia, Foodbank shines a light on this often hidden problem.   Based on the results of a comprehensive survey of welfare agencies the report highlights the food needs of those relying on food relief in Australia.

The report is a call to action and you can download it at http://www.foodbank.org.au/hunger-in-australia/the-endhunger-report/

 

 

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Our Last SFFA Public Talk – Food Security in France

Posted on 01. Aug, 2012 by .

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Talk presented by Brigit Busicchia  (Macquarie University) who had just returned from 3  months in France.

 

To talk about food security in France is also to talk about food security in Australia as it may highlight different understandings of what food is and should be, as it may bring our attention to the relationship between farmers and the state, and as it may offer a different model to fight food insecurity.

 There are many dimensions to the issue of food security but for the purpose of this talk, some key policy initiatives in the areas of production and consumption of food were be presented.

 This talk began with the ongoing debate about farm subsidies in Europe and how the French government has reformed its agricultural sector by incorporating the concept of multifunctionality of agriculture into its legislation. It also presented the French government position on coal seam gas mining.

 Food manufacturing and processing are important sectors of the food economy. The government has had problems in controlling the health and nutrition outcomes of this sector and these aspects were discussed and in particular, key intiatives put in place by the government in an attempt to regulate food related health conditions.

 Food security is also about affordability and some key policy responses to food price inflation and food relief assistance were presented. 

 And finally we cannot talk about food production and consumption without talking about food wastage.

 

When:     Monday 6 August 2012 at 6pm.

Where:  St Andrew House between St Andrew’s Cathedral and Town Hall, George St., Sydney

 

 

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Crops hit by drought and biofuel policy: another food price crises

Posted on 31. Jul, 2012 by .

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Important article by SFFA member Brigit Busicchia.   Brigit is a research student at Macquarie University and has just returned from France.

 ”Crops hit by drought and biofuel policy: another food price  crisis?

http://theconversation.edu.au/crops-hit-by-drought-and-biofuel-policy-an
other-food-price-crisis-8557

 

 

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Benevolent Society introduces new mobile kitchen

Posted on 02. Jun, 2012 by .

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A 6.5 tonne shipping container that converts into a mobile kitchen is being used to break down cultural barriers and increase community cohesion in south west Sydney. The kitchen is the first of its kind in Australia.

 

The Benevolent Society’s “Taste Mobile Kitchen” will be based at Banksia Road Public School in Greenacre, where it will be used to teach kids to cook produce that they’ve grown in their own school garden.

 

Manager of Growing Communities Together, Cathy Quinn explains that students and their families will learn how to prepare simple, healthy and affordable meals. “Good nutrition is so important for these kids and their families, but the Taste Mobile Kitchen goes further than that and bridges cultural divides. We take one ingredient, such as a vegetable, herb or spice, and show kids how its used in a variety of different cultures.”

 

The reason for making the kitchen mobile is that it opens up opportunities for it to be used elsewhere. When it’s not being used by Banksia Road Public School the Taste Mobile Kitchen will be available for hire, with the income generating funding for community initiatives and subsidising the cooking classes at the school. “We’ve designed the kitchen so it can neatly fold into a shipping container and be transported to events like festivals and food fairs,” explains Cathy.

 

The mobile kitchen has already made its successful debut at the Campsie Food Festival in June 2012, and its next outing will be at the Bankstown Bites Food Festival on Saturday, 14 July.

 

For information please call Zizi Charida on 9707 0802

or visit www.tastetours.org.au

 

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Bump up Newstart or risk abject poverty

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by .

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Opinion Piece published in the Newcastle Herald | Tuesday April 10, 2012

People on benefits are battling serious poverty,writes Cassandra Goldie.

READ…  Bump up Newstart or risk adject poverty (870KB pdf)

Cassandra Goldie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Social Services

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Not just another policy…

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by .

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DOWNLOAD…   Not just another policy sitting on the shelf collecting dust…  (1.27MB pdf.)

Sophia Malié, Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation

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Food for Life Market – Warwick Farm

Posted on 24. Dec, 2011 by .

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Background

In 2004 a telephone survey of 1100 households in WF showed that 21% households were food insecure – that is, they had run out of food and been unable to buy more, within the last 12 months.

WF is a low-income suburb near Liverpool in NSW, with few fresh food outlets, poor transport, and a high proportion of people living in social housing and people from non-English speaking background

Community food co-op

In 2006, the Health Service started working with local residents and with the Salvation Army to explore ideas to improve food access. Many people voted for a food co-op. Community Builders funded the project for three years ($300,000) to get off the ground, and Housing NSW provided a 3-bedroom house.  After many delays for planning approvals, refurbishment and modification (eg wheelchair ramp), the market  opened in 2009.

Food is sourced from Foodbank and donations from local businesses, with a focus on healthy foods and fresh fruit and veg.  The market  opens three mornings a week.

Over 600 residents have signed up as members, and 80-100 shop regularly at the market, where for a weekly membership fee of $10, they can access a ‘green bag’ full of groceries and some household items. In just over two years, there have been 8,000 visits  with  more than 200 tonnes of food provided. The market is staffed by community volunteers who have been trained through TAFE.  After two years, the market is making a modest profit.

Evaluation

Evaluations carried out in 2009 and 2010 showed that the market was being accessed by the ‘target’ group, ie people on low incomes. Furthermore, among those interviewed, the rate of food insecurity reported was lower than the previous year.  Access to food  and ease of getting food home had both improved.  45% of respondents reported getting all or 50% of their weekly food from the market.

A great sense of community has developed around the market, and many volunteers have gone on to other training courses and jobs as a result of their involvement .

For more information, ring Food 4 Life on market days only (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am to 1pm) on 02 8798 5928.

DOWNLOAD…  Food for Life  (pdf.545KB)

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